How To Read Text

How To Read Text
How To Read Text

Video: How To Read Text

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To create an audiobook, radio broadcast, soundtrack for a performance or concert, you need to read the text. This can be done either on a dictaphone with subsequent transfer and processing, or directly to a computer. The software used for recording speech is different. Most often this is the Sound Forge program, but in principle there may be another sound editor. The quality of the phonogram depends not so much on the software as on the microphone and sound card.

How to read text
How to read text

It is necessary

  • - a computer with a sound card;
  • - microphone;
  • - sound editor;
  • - Dictaphone;
  • - good diction.


Step 1

Connect a microphone to the sound card of your computer, and, if necessary, headphones too. Set up your computer's mixer. On Windows, it's in the lower right corner, next to the clock. There you will see a speaker icon. Double click on it. In Properties, find the Record menu. Select microphone as the recording source. Here you can set the desired sensitivity level. If you intend to use headphones for monitoring, then in the playback mixer, make sure that the microphone is on.

Step 2

Install your recording software. It can be not only Sound Forge, but also another editor. Often the programs you need are included with your sound card. Configure recording options. Standard sound recording is carried out at 16 bits with a frequency band of 44.1-48 kHz. The compression function is installed after recording. Select the PCM format (file extension wav). For special purposes, the parameters may be higher.

Step 3

Read the text to yourself before you start recording. Mark the most important points, think over intonation. It is not necessary to record the entire piece at once. You can split it into chunks, record it in chunks and edit it. Check the correct accent. If you are in doubt, check the dictionary. If this is not a fictional work of authorship, it is advisable to edit the text so that there are no difficult to pronounce words and complex numerals, colliding consonants. Doubtful words are best replaced with synonyms. Make sentences as short as possible.

Step 4

Format your text. Use large bold type and separate paragraphs with extra spacing. Print the text. It should be on one side of the sheet. If you get more than one page, then do not stitch the sheets, but fold one on top of the other, having previously folded up the lower right corner of each sheet. This will make it possible to shift them silently.

Step 5

Sit in front of the microphone so that you can breathe freely. The microphone should be positioned high enough above the table and directly in front of the speaker. Instead of a conventional desktop microphone, you can use a lavalier. A typeface is less comfortable because it can partially obscure the document margin. It is not recommended to change parameters during recording. Better to re-record the unsuccessful fragment. When saving individual blocks, sort them in order or time. Edit the passages, cut out the excess and remove the noise. Sound Forge and some other sound editors allow you to add music, add additional effects, and also compress your work into the desired format.

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